I was honored to be a part of this strong panel of product people in May of 2017.
See the event and more photos on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/producttanknyc/events/235318238/
There are many paths to a career in product development. This event will feature a panelists of five leading product designers and managers who will share their varying insight on the roads they explored, what they do and how they stay ahead of the curve.
Our Guest Panelists Include:
Erin Essex (https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-essex-6053888/), Strategy Specialist and Creative Director at Webonise
With some 10+ years in the product world, Erin has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Through all of the ups and downs Erin has pulled out some unique approaches to both building products and managing teams and clients. She has developed several tips on the “art of creatively saying ’no’” as well as some new approaches to the way we plan and develop products.
Erin’s journey into product began as a designer and then quickly grew to a creative director and strategy role in a few medium size agencies. She’s been responsible for the design team, overall strategy, and roll out of hundreds of sites and applications over the years and would love to share some of those stories with you.
Oh, and she’s also super into Beer if you want to talk about that too!
Modupe Akinawonu (https://www.linkedin.com/in/modupeakinnawonu/), Mobile Product Manager at The New York Times
Modupe Akinnawonu is a Product Manager at The New York Times. While she mainly focuses on overseeing the development of the Android app, she also works on smaller cross-platform projects and keeps the Times apps on some more minor mobile platforms running. Prior to moving into product, Modupe worked as a liaison between the customer care group at The Times and the teams building the mobile apps. She graduated from NYU with degrees in Economics and History.
Randi Eichenbaum (https://www.linkedin.com/in/randieichenbaum/), Director of Product at Condé Nast
Randi Eichenbaum has worked in digital media for the last 10 years, focusing on creating new and innovative experiences in the media space. As a Director of Product for Conde Nast, she oversees product strategy for several of the company’s premiere brands, including Allure, Architectural Digest, Brides, Golf Digest, SELF, Teen Vogue, and W.
Previously, she was the Senior Product Manager for Allure, where she oversaw the brand’s online re-launch in 2016, as well as launched new, revenue-generating products, crucial to the brand’s success, including e-commerce integration and a product sampling program.
Before coming to Conde Nast, she was a product manager at New York Magazine, where she was a vital player in leading the re-launch of the Cut, the media company’s online fashion and beauty vertical, and oversaw the growth of its audience by 400%.
She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in Journalism, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband.
Soumya Shukla (https://www.linkedin.com/in/soumya-shukla-98371a15/), Director of New Business at Voyager Labs
With 8 years of experience across product management, management consulting and two successful tech-startups, Soumya has always been at the forefront of emerging technologies. In her current position, she is managing a cognitive computing platform’s retail solution in North America. She is a proponent of customer-centric product development and believes in the power of data for better decision making. Her areas of interest are digital marketing, performance marketing and decision science.
Soumya has an engineering degree and MBA from schools in India and a second masters from MIT. She lives in New York and enjoys jazz, food-trucks and flea markets.
Sophia Somin Yoo (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophiasyoo/), Associate Product Manager at Architizer
Sophia works closely with Architizer's engineering team to manage sprints and launches in addition to running user tests and assisting with roadmapping. Her favorite things about product development: getting ideas to become realities, understanding and leveraging what gets people excited, digging into nitty-gritty details, keeping technical debt at bay, and facing the challenge of building a useful product that people will love.
Sophia's own road to product management is unconventional. After graduating with an art history degree from Yale University, she worked for a year as a paralegal at a corporate law firm before starting at Architizer in media sales. Sophia was about to head to grad school for a Masters in Architecture when she stumbled into the Product & Engineering Team. She decided to stay. It was the best decision ever.
Doors open at 6:00pm for pre-event networking.
Food and refreshments will be provided.
About Conde Nast:
This meetup is kindly sponsored by Conde Nast. Condé Nast (http://www.condenast.com/) is a leading media company with brands and mediums including Vogue, GQ and The New Yorker.
The event will take place at Conde Nast NYC at 222 Broadway (https://www.google.com/maps/place/222+Broadway+LLCemail@example.com,-74.01066,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c25a185a856859:0xfbc6bc93968ab13e!8m2!3d40.710968!4d-74.0084713) – however the entrance is on Fulton Street, sandwiched between the Chase Bank and Starbucks, across from the Fulton Center. All visitors will need to check in. Please be sure to bring in a valid ID. The actual event will be on the 17th floor.
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